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T.9013 (5 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope December 1938)
Also T.7013 (8 reel 17.5mm sound release by Pathescope November 1935)
"DEATH AT BROADCASTING HOUSE" GB Nov1934 Dir: Reginald Denham ----------------------------- A Phoenix Films Production 75mins B/W Cert "A" Produced by: Hugh Perceval (Approx 42mins on 9.5) Released by: A.B.F.D. Produced at A.S.F.L. Studios, Wembley Park (London) Screenplay by: Basil Mason Story by: Val Gielgud, Holt Marvel Art Director: R.Holmes Paul Photography: Gunther Krampf Editing: Reginald Beck Music by: Ord Hamilton Musical Director: Geoffrey Goodhart
Songs: (both missing from Pathescope 9.5mm optical sound print) "Lazy Lady" sung by Elisabeth Welch with Ord Hamilton on piano "I Love You So" sung by Eve Becke with Percival Mackay & his Band
Cast: Ian Hunter ............. Inspector Gregory Austin Trevor .......... Leopold Dryden Mary Newland ........... Joan Dryden Henry Kendall .......... Rodney Fleming Val Geilgud ............ Julian Caird Peter Haddon ........... Guy Bannister Betty Davies ........... Poppy Levine Jack Hawkins ........... Herbert Evans Donald Wolfit .......... Sydney Parsons Bruce Lister ........... Peter Ridgwell Robert Rendel .......... Herbert Farguharson Gordon McLeod .......... Police Commisioner Ivor Barnard, Hannen Swaffer (as himself), Gillie Potter Vernon Bartlett (as himself), Eric Dunstan (as himself), Elisabeth Welch, Eve Becke, Gershom Parkington Quintet, Percival Mackey & his Band
An unpleasant actor (Sydney Parsons) is actually murdered while performing in a radio play broadcast live from the BBC in London. Inspector Gregory of Scotland Yard finds plenty of suspects, but not until he reconstructs the fatal event is the killer finally unmasked.
Eve Becke with Percival Mackay & his Band Watch Eve Becke sing "I Love You So" on You Tube: http://youtu.be/q7NiwFUSHLo
Elisabeth Welch Watch Elisabeth sing "Lazy Lady" on You Tube: http://youtu.be/cWQOKzKAEz0
The full film is available on a Network/Studio Canal DVD (try Moviemail, UK Amazon etc.)
Notes: 1. The sleeve notes on the recent Network DVD release suggest some scenes were actually filmed at the newly constructed BBC London headquarters 2. This was the first production of Phoenix Films, a company which set out to make quality pictures on a low budget. It was shot at Wembley Studios in 29 days for the very low cost of £16,000. 3. The film was based on a novel by Val Gielgud (a noted radio producer and elder brother of famous actor Sir John Gielgud) together with "Holt Marvel" actually Eric Mazchwitz, the Director of BBC Light Entertainment. (He also wrote classic song lyrics like "These Foolish Things" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square". 4. Mary Newland, wife of the film's director Reginald Denham, had starred as Lillian Oldland in films such as the 1927 "Further Adventures Of the Flag Lieutenant" which Pathéscope released on 9.5mm silent. Denham also wrote plays - his best known "Ladies In Retirement" was filmed twice in Hollywood. 5. The movie debut of Elisabeth Welch. Later she commented - "It was so awful that I told everybody they should have left Broadcasting House out of the title and released it as Death!" 6. Gunther Krampf also photographed the German silent classics "Cinderella" (1923) and "Pandora's Box" (1927) 7. This was the first five reeler issued on 9.5mm optical sound and at the time the longest feature release. In cutting to five reels, Pathéscope kept the basic "who-done-it?" plot, but omitted all the songs and cameo appearances by the radio stars. They also shortened many scenes and even re-arranged the order of sequences to cover sections cut out.
(Info edited from gln, Maurice Trace and Denis Gifford) ZT-9013/gln/19.10.2013
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